Health Notes


May 18, 2004

Red Cross offers first aid, CPR classes this month

Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid have been scheduled this month at several county sites by the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. They include:

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics, teaching rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway and performing one-rescuer CPR on victims 8 and older. Course also includes first-aid basics on how to treat life-threatening bleeding, burns, fractures, shock and sudden illness. The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd., and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 25 and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 27 at Edgewater Red Cross, 345 Pike Ridge Road. Cost: $42.

Infant and Child CPR, teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and CPR for infants and children to age 8. The classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Edgewater. Cost: $37.

Infant and Child CPR and First Aid, including infant and child CPR certification and emphasizing first aid for those who work in child care settings. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Edgewater. Cost: $42.

Baby sitter training, interactive program for youths ages 11 to 15, giving them knowledge, skills and confidence to care for children through primary school-age. Includes reacting to emergencies and sudden illness, playing with children and supervising them. State law requires children younger than 8 to be in the care of someone age 13 and older. The course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Edgewater. Cost: $65.

Crime Avoidance Training, interactive training that focuses on empowering individuals to take responsibility for their safety. The class, organized around a typical day, covers security awareness, tough-target strategies, safety on the move, using an ATM and responding to threatening situations. Instructors will come to a facility, group or organization at a time that is convenient for the group. A minimum of 10 people is required. The fee is $9.95 per person. Information: 410-764-7000, Ext. 7235, or mbrooks@arc-cmc. org.

All Red Cross courses are on a first-come basis, and preregistration with payment is required.

Information: 410-764-4609.

People with joint problems can attend exercise classes

Anne Arundel Medical Center and Major Changes Inc. will offer a series of exercise classes designed to help people with joint, muscular, cardiovascular or neuromuscular limitations. The courses include:

Joints in Motion, offered Mondays and Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. This class is designed for people who have had or will have joint-replacement surgery, and for those experiencing joint, muscular, cardiovascular or neuromuscular limitations. The program emphasizes increased flexibility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.

Stretch, Tone and Balance, offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. This class includes full-body seated warm-up exercises and progresses with toning exercises. Balance drills are followed by gentle stretches and relaxation exercises that are performed sitting or standing behind a chair.

PACE - People with Arthritis Can Exercise, offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. This class is not limited to people with arthritis. The program uses gentle activities to help joint flexibility and range of motion to maintain muscle strength. Participants must be ambulatory.

Forever Fit, offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. A combination of low-impact aerobics, light toning exercises and gentle stretching designed to help older people improve range of motion, muscular strength, balance and cardiovascular endurance. Participants must be ambulatory.

Registration is required. Information: 443-481-4000.

Volunteers sought for asthma research

ENTAA Care in Glen Burnie is seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical research trial of investigative asthma medicine.

To be eligible, participants must be 12 or older and have asthma. The study will last 12 weeks and involve five office visits.

Participants will receive investigational medication, study-related office visits and study-related physical exams at no cost.

Information: 410-760-8840, Ext. 269.

Medical center operates a free shuttle service

Anne Arundel Medical Center will operate a free campus shuttle service from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

During main operating hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the shuttles will travel the entire campus, with stops at the front door of the Acute Care Pavilion, the Sajak Pavilion entrance, the Acute Care Pavilion garage entrance and the emergency department entrance.

From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., the shuttle will offer a compacted service for early-morning patients and visitors, and will take employees to their work area from the designated parking areas.

The shuttle service is expected to reach each stop every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and every 20 minutes the remainder of the day.


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